Saturn SW1

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#1

I am thinking of buying a 99 Saturn wagon with 155000 miles.- Can anyone tell me what to look out for ?


#2

What does Consumer Reports say about a 99 SW1, you should look this up before buying.

What’s the asking price?


#3

Any vehicle with this many miles is a gamble.

Unless you know the service history of the vehicle you’re rolling the dice. You may get lucky and you may not.

If, on the other hand, the car comes with a folder stuffed with maintenance records, you may have found a good vehicle.

It’s too hard to tell from here.


#4

I can’t access Consumer Report. Asking price is 1500, car has been garaged since last winter, owner out of state for work. Owner is son of friend.


#5

Your local library should have Consumer Reports.

For $1,500 you can’t be too picky. If it starts, idles, drives good, doesn’t have a Check Engine light on, has decent tires, comes to a stop when you brake, you can’t ask for much more.

If it has a timing belt, find out when it was changed, look at the receipt.

Look out for bad head gaskets on Saturns.


#6

The only issue with Saturn’s that I’m familiar with is the intake manifold gasket around the #1 cylinder. If it has this, the idle will be above normal with a slight roughness. If the idle is smooth and around 750 rpm, it should be ok.


#7

I would suggest just taking the car by a local shop for a once over. Most have a basic check they will do on a car, typically charging about an hour’s labor. They also might be able to tell you whether the car even needs new window motors or not (http://community.cartalk.com/posts/list/2148284.page) and how much that might cost.